After three years of Joe vs. the Pro, this much is certain: Big 12 defensive backs have a better chance of scoring picks against Geno Smith than Joe Goodman, The Herald’s national college football, ever will have at picking games.
Smith, the quarterback at West Virginia, has thrown 20 touchdown passes this season without an interception. If you divide Smith’s completion percentage (83.4) in half, you’d get around the same number as Goodman’s percentage against the spread (42.8).
Smith, of course, had an otherworldly game last week against Baylor, throwing for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. The Miramar High graduate faces his toughest test so far this season Saturday when the Mountaineers visit Texas, which is favored by a touchdown.
Lee Sterling of ParamountSports.com, the Pro of this weekly feature, ventures confidently into Week 6 after going 8-0 straight-up and 6-2 against the spread last week. Overall, Sterling is 30-10 straight-up and 18-17 against the spread. Joe went 6-2 straight-up and 4-4 against the spread last week and is 31-8 straight-up for the season and 15-20 against the spread. This week’s picks:
West Virginia at Texas
Miami at Notre Dame
•Joe Miami 28, Notre Dame 25 Pro
LSU at FloridaLine Joe LSU 18, Florida 15 Pro Florida 20, LSU 13
Florida State at N.C. StateLine Joe FSU 42, N.C. State 20 Pro Florida State 40, N.C. State 21
South Florida at Temple
•Joe USF 25, Temple 20 Pro USF 28, Temple 17
Georgia at South CarolinaLine Joe South Carolina 21, Georgia 18 Pro South Carolina 27, Georgia 23
Nebraska at Ohio StateLine Joe Nebraska 20, Ohio State 18 Pro Nebraska 26, Ohio State 24
Michigan at PurdueLine Joe Michigan 35, Purdue 30 Pro Michigan 34, Purdue 27